Definition for APH-ER'E-SIS

APH-ER'E-SIS, n. [Gr. απο, from, and αἱρεω, to take.]

  1. The taking of a letter or syllable from the beginning of a word. Thus by an apheresis, omittere is written, mittere. – Encyc.
  2. In the healing art, the removal of any thing noxious. In surgery, amputation. – Quincy.

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